Private schools in ANC Women's League crosshairs

2015-10-08 16:19
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Johannesburg – ANC Women’s League secretary-general Moego Matuba on Thursday said there was a need to regulate private schools in terms of policy and syllabus.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Matuba said these were among the resolutions the league would be taking forward to the National General Council taking place at the weekend.

Women's league treasurer-general and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said they believed private schools should not be running a parallel education system.

"There is a need for share of expertise and of respect of where we come from," she said.

“It should not be the preserve of the well-off to perpetuate our past through private schools. The department of education remains responsible to make sure that which gets taught in private schools and they should take cognisance of the fact that we had apartheid in this country.

“We haven’t started transformation from where we are standing."

She said the league would be visiting institutions that govern how private schools are run.   

Matuba said other resolutions included:

- On justice: "The women’s league feels that there needs to be a review of the parole boards and family courts must be revived and… the judiciary needs to be reviewed and harsher sentences need to be imposed on perpetrators on violence against women and children.”

- Governance: "In terms of governance, the 50/50 gender policy implementation should also be imposed on private sectors and should be monitored.”

- Leadership and party political positions: “The league said there was a need for a gender desk in the ANC so that gender issues are not made women’s issues.”

The league said it was concerned about the current number of male premiers in provinces.

“This is not reflective of our gender policy. We need more women chairpeople and secretaries in all structures of the organisation.

“We are concerned with the lack of representation in positions like municipal managers and charted accountants, especially in private sectors.”

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